Our world, our future, our responsibility.
The Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations is tasked to actively participate in fulfilling the goals and principles of the United Nations, while promoting the national position of Hungary, and to advise national authorities on the developments in the international arena.
The Permanent Mission acts in the spirit of dialogue, openness, inclusivity and bridge-building, with due respect for others’ positions, in search of long term, principled win-win solutions for the universal issues related to peace, security, social and economic development and human rights.
While Hungary is fully committed to fulfilling all obligations and goals of the United Nations, it puts particular emphasis to the following foreign policy priorities:
Working for a better United Nations. Hungary seeks to create a more responsive, effective, efficient and credible United Nations and supports better reflection of the current economic realities when financing its activities.
Strengthening preventive diplomacy as well as building trust and reconciliation. Hungary supports further strengthening prevention, dispute resolution, early warning capacities, including through the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect principle. Our aims go hand in hand with the vision of Secretary-General Guterres who prioritised prevention and to “put peace first”.
Promoting and protecting human rights – Hungary as member of the Human Rights Council 2017-19. Lasting economic prosperity can only be achieved for the people and by the people, through full economic, social and political inclusion. This requires the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.
The Human Rights Council has proved to be a key player, a central forum in the universal protection and promotion of human rights. Therefore, we take great pride of the fact that on 28 October 2016, 144 member states voted for Hungary’s membership in the Council. Hungary will be willing to contribute to the effectiveness of the Council and its mechanisms, notwithstanding through leading and sponsoring initiatives in national capacity or as member of the European Union, respecting and protecting the independence and integrity of the Council and its special procedures, and through sharing best examples of full cooperation with its mechanisms.
To stop and invert the negative trends of growing polarization of the members of the Council around country-specific and certain thematic issues, it would be very important to de-politicise or de-ideologize the work of the Council and step-up efforts to re-build confidence among members and to seek for consensual track, even on divisive issues.
As member of the Council, while being firm on our principles, we strive to be flexible, open and attentive to all views and opinions represented in the Council, and to build bridges, when necessary and possible. Consensus building on issues like women’s rights and women empowerment, gender equality, children’s rights, minority rights, fight against all kind of discrimination, protection of vulnerable groups, economic, social and cultural rights will be of utmost importance in the forthcoming period, in particular in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Championing gender equality. Hungary is a strong supporter of efforts aimed at providing equal rights and empowering women in all educational, economic, financial, judicial and social processes, as a key to global progress. We promote women’s engagement in local, national, and global decision-making structures, including electoral processes.
Hungary is determined to fight sexual exploitation and abuse, with special regard to sexual violence in conflict.
Fight against modern slavery. We work towards achieving the various SDG targets aimed at eradicating modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, in particular when it targets women, children, religious or ethnic minorities. In this context, Hungary calls for strengthening UN response, including through improved cooperation with key stakeholders in this area as well as the appointment by the Secretary-General of a special envoy/representative to facilitate internal UN coordination.
Actively participating in the maintenance of peace and security.
Supporting the Security Council as the ultimate body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. Hungary supports comprehensive Security Council reform and enlargement efforts aimed at reflecting the realities of the 21st century. More than ever we all need a strong and representative Council which continues to play the decisive role in preserving peace and security on the globe.
Hungary also focuses on improving the working methods of the Security Council and its interaction with other organs within and outside the UN. As an active and founding member of the ACT (Accountability, Coherence, Transparency) Group, Hungary advocates all efforts aimed at making the Security Council more efficient, inclusive and legitimate. We took active part in the elaboration of and continue to promote the ACT Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
Hungary contributes to UN operations, and has troops in Lebanon, Cyprus, Western Sahara and the Central African Republic. Hungary supports the peacekeeping reform efforts, including its better linkage with peacebuilding, with special focus on building inclusive societies, education, protection of culture and human rights.
Understanding that UN police can contribute across the entire spectrum of peace and security, like protection of civilians, early warning, fight against impunity, capacity building in law enforcement of host countries, there is a growing need for police participation in peace operations. To answer this call, next to its police presence in UNMIK, Hungary decided to deploy police experts to two African missions (MINUSMA, UNAMID), and we seek further opportunities to boost police presence in other UN peace operations.
We strongly committed to identify, nominate and deploy female military experts and police officers to UN peacekeeping and EU CSDP missions, as women’s participation in UN peace and security efforts, including post-conflict governance and peacekeeping are essential to achieve mission mandates and to foster the creation of peaceful and inclusive societies.
Hungary remains active in the field of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. We have submitted a resolution on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and Their Destruction, which the 71th General Assembly adopted by consensus. Hungarian Ambassador György Molnár presided over the Eighth Review Conference of the BWC Convention held in Geneva November 7-25, 2016.
Last but not least, we share the view that the spread of violent extremism and terrorism requires improved coordination among the numerous UN entities mandated to deal with specific aspects of these phenomena. For these reasons, Hungary considers the reform of the UN’s Counter-terrorism/Prevention of violent extremism institutional architecture crucial and we fully support the appointment of a Special Coordinator.
Ensuring accountability. Understanding the mutually reinforcing correlation between peace, security and accountability, Hungary supports ensuring criminal justice for atrocity crimes.
Turning words into action in Sustainable Development. Hungary is determined to take its share of responsibility in delivering on our common transformative commitments enshrined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. We are working together with partners towards the full operationalization of the system-wide efforts and activities of the UN charting a path towards sustainable development. Only sustainable development, the comprehensive implementation of the 2030 Agenda, is capable of addressing the root causes of the different forms of unsustainability, be it economic, environmental or social.
Water is a key priority for our country. A key driver and enabler for sustainable development, and the most critical natural resource of our century, water must become one of the highest political priorities, integrated into other policy areas. As it was demonstrated by the successful organization of the Budapest Water Summit 2016, Hungary will continue to make efforts aiming at mainstreaming water on the international development agenda as well as giving momentum to the implementation of the water- related agenda transpiring from SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, linking political decision-making closer with technology development, financing and public perceptions on sustainable water management and facilitating the reform of international institutional architecture supporting cooperation on water.
At the request of the President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, the Permanent Representative of Hungary Katalin Bogyay will serve as a co-moderator for the dialogues to improve the integration and coordination of the work of the United Nations on the water-related goals and targets under its sustainable development pillar, with a particular emphasis on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Supporting and renewing humanitarian activities.
We continue to assist the implementation of the Agenda for Humanity set out by the World Humanitarian Summit process, based on the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence. Pursuing a coordinated approach towards humanitarian assistance and sustainable development, we promote durable political solutions for international peace and security.
Compared to the size of our population and economy, our contribution to humanitarian assistance efforts is substantial, and has increased significantly in the last two years due to the needs revealed by the unprecedented migration crisis. Regarding migratory flows, our position is absolutely clear: the root causes linked to conflict and poverty should be tackled where they are born, in the countries of origin and transit. Support should be brought to the source of the problem.
The Hungarian share in the management of the external aspects of migration is fivefold including humanitarian, development, law enforcement, military and civilian crisis management instruments. We target our bilateral efforts inter alia at sustainable water resources management, tackling the root causes of forced displacement, and providing quality education for students from developing countries through a special scholarship programme Stipendium Hungaricum.
Hungary is an active participant in the work of different UN trend setting groups. Hungary is Member of the Group of Friends of Financial Inclusion, Friends of Culture, Friends of Sustainable Energy for All, Friends of Sustainable Cities, Friends of Decent Work for All, Friends of MDGs, Friends of LDCs, Friends of R2P, Friends of ICC, the Group of Friends of Gender Parity, and the Group of Friends of Modern Slavery. Hungary is also a member of the Humanitarian Liaison Working Group. Hungary as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Group of Friends of Water aims to provide added value to water-related decisions and implementation measures.
Hungary as a regional center for the United Nations. Hungary takes pride in hosting an increasing number of UN offices (UNHCR, FAO, ILO, IOM, WHO, IMF, UNICEF, IFRC) and will strive to ensure that Budapest becomes a growing regional hub in Europe.